February 25, 2009

UCSB's Pink Zone Event A `Huge Success'

Feb. 25, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Tuesday the UC Santa Barbara baseball team and the women's basketball team wore pink in their respective games to raise breast cancer awareness and became one of the first-known universities to produce a multi-sport Pink Zone event.

Fueled by the opportunity to be the first team to wear pink hats and wristbands to support breast cancer research, the baseball team hit three home runs en route to a 7-6 victory over UCLA at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

The women's basketball team, adorned in pink from head to toe - literally as the team wore pink head bands and shoelaces - and after having warmed up in player-designed pink shirts, set a school record for blocked shots in a game against Oregon State.

"It was a huge success," Director of Athletics Mark Massari said. "It was a sign of solidarity between our baseball team and our women's basketball team and I was impressed by that. We're very proud of them. We want to thank the fans that came out to both games and wore pink and cheered loud. It was all for a great cause and our Pink Zone event will be bigger and better next year."

By having two different sports participate in the Pink Zone event, UCSB became one of the first schools to show solidarity between two separate teams, again remaining on the cutting edge of producing excellence throughout the athletic department and the university.

UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus and community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 Division 1 Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom, and give back to the community.